Southeast Asia Tours Compatible with Mennonite World Conference Assembly Gathered
Our itinerary expert, Cheryl Gilmore has been hard at work researching and sketching out some tours in Southeast Asia that are compatible with Mennonite World Conference Assembly Gathered July 6-11, 2021 in Indonesia. If you do not plan to attend MWC Assembly Gathered, you can still enjoy one of these escorted group tours that will include engaging with locals. TourMagination can arrange transportation to Assembly, for those who need it.
Below are five Southeast Asia tours; we are planning to develop three of them. That’s where we need your help. After reviewing overviews of the tours below, please follow this link to a survey to VOTE FOR THE TOURS you would actually travel on.
Bali & Java Land Tour, June 29 – July 5, 2021.
Tour the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java. On a guided day tour in the city of Ubud in beautiful Bali go see exotic produce, crafts, and textiles at a local market. Walk jungle-covered pathways through the Sacred Monkey Forest, with it’s three ancient Hindu temples and plenty of mischievous macaque monkeys. Outside Ubud, see verdant rice terraces and learn about traditional farming practices. At peaceful Lake Bratan, snap photos of Ulun Danu—a 17th-century temple located on the lake’s edge. Fly to the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java. Learn about Java’s remarkable history on a visit to the Sultan’s Palace with its historic artifacts and unique architecture. In Kotagede, enjoy an authentic meal with a local family. On a day-trip to Mount Merapi, hear about communities that ignored warnings of imminent volcanic eruptions in 2010. Arise before dawn to watch the sun’s first rays illuminate a massive Buddhist Temple, later explore the building and its intricate carvings. Transfer to Semarang to attend the MWC gathering. (From CAD $3500-$4200; USD $2800-$3400 per person, double occupancy. Does not include international flight.)
Natural Wonders of Malaysia, June 28-July 6th, 2021.
On this incredible 9-day land tour, immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Malaysia’s jungles and natural areas. See volcano-formed mountains, vibrant butterflies and insects. Fly and stay in remote areas, including Sandakan to observe orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Also, see Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Enjoy guided jungle treks, a night walk and night drive in search of nocturnal animals, a dip in a natural forest pool, and a boat tour through a mangrove. After busy days in the outdoors, relax in comfortable, high-end accommodations. End with two days touring Kuala Lumpur and nearby Malacca to see historic church ruins and old Dutch colonial buildings, plus museums and landmarks such as King’s Palace, National Monument, and Merdeka (Independence) Square. This tour is for the physically fit nature-lover, who also wants a taste of the culture. (From CAD $6800-$7500; USD $5500 – $5900 per person, double occupancy. Does not include international flight).
Best of Malaysia Tour, June 28-July 6, 2021.
On this 9-day tour, explore the best of Malaysia from the jungles of Borneo to stunning beaches, and the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. Go on a river safari deep in the jungle along the legendary Lemanak River. On a city tour of Kuching, visit bustling markets and see the state mosque. Fly to Kota Kinabalu. On a nature walk in the national park at the base of Mt. Kinabalu, see rare flora and fauna, including vibrantly coloured butterflies and insects. Fly to Sandakan, home of the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to observe orangutans. Also, see the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. Fly to Kuala Lumpur. In nearby Malacca, visit the ruins of St Paul`s Church and the red-coloured Stadthuys—once the Dutch colonial city hall, which now houses the Malacca Museum. In Kuala Lumpur (KL), see well-known landmarks including King’s Palace and the National Monument, plus enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck of the KL Tower. This tour is for the culture lover who also wants a taste of natural wonders. (From CAD $4800-$5500; USD $3900-4500 USD per person, double occupancy. Does not include international flight).
Splendors of Thailand Tour, July 11-20.
The Kingdom of Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples, gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. On this 9-day tour, get to know Thailand’s history, culture, and friendly people. During a city tour of Bangkok, see its three most important Buddhist temples, the Grand Palace, and a precious gem factory. Outside the city, visit a railway market and a floating market. Fly to Chiang Rai to explore scenery and sights near the “Golden Triangle” at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. On an excursion outside Chiang Mai, meet some indigenous White Hmong people in their village. Cap off this travel experience at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to see these beautiful creatures surrounded by pristine scenery. (From CAD $3900-$4200; USD $3200-3400 USD per person, double occupancy. Does not include international flight). Optional 2-day beach extension.
Highlights of the Philippines Tour, July 11-21, 2021.
Enjoy natural and cultural highlights of the Philippines—an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with hospitable locals, unique food, and stunning scenery. This 10-day tour takes places on the island of Luzon. On a tour of Manila see historic churches and cathedrals, a museum, and the business district. Hike the Batad & Bangaan trail with a local indigenous guide to see bright green terraced rice paddies and stunning mountain vistas. In the village of Bangaan, interact with members of the Ifugao tribe. Take a historic tour through the city of Vigan—known for its Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Ride in a 4×4 vehicle over the ash flows created by Pinatubo volcano—then trek to the crater for an incredible view. Discover why the lovely vacation town of Tagaytay is known as the garden of Manila. The Philippines is on the flight path between Indonesia and North America. Going on this tour will make your flight home shorter. (From CAD $3500- 4200 CAD; USD $2800-3500 per person, double occupancy. Does not include international flight).
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